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ACCC Legal Counsel: Access Copyright Licence Provides “Little Value”

It has been nearly two months since the Supreme Court of Canada issued its landmark five copyright decisions. In the aftermath of those decisions that provided a strong defense of users’ rights and fair dealing, I have written multiple posts on the implications for education and Access Copyright. These include […]

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September 6, 2012 5 comments News

Access Copyright: 40 Percent Of Non-Quebec University Students Outside Model Licence

Access Copyright’s Executive Director Maureen Cavan tells University Affairs magazine that 40 percent of university students outside of Quebec are currently at institutions that have not signed the Access Copyright model licence. Carleton University, which opted-out of the licence last year, reports that “roughly 80 percent of requests to use […]

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July 10, 2012 2 comments Must Reads

Ottawa Citizen Covers Access Copyright Model Licence

The Ottawa Citizen covers the decision being faced by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University over whether to sign the Access Copyright model licence.

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June 4, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Why Universities Should Not Sign the Access Copyright – AUCC Model Licence

Copyright has emerged as a hot issue on Canadian university campuses in recent weeks as schools consider whether to sign the Access Copyright model licence negotiated with the AUCC.  Several schools, including UBC, Athabasca, Windsor, and Winnipeg have already indicated that they will not sign the licence, while others (such as Queen’s, Victoria and Calgary) have reluctantly signed the letter of intent. Many groups have voiced their strong objection to the licence, including the CAUT, APLA, BCLA, MLA, CFS, and CASA. These groups represent faculty, students, and librarians – the three groups within education most affected by the model licence.

Last week, I was asked by the Association of Professors Ottawa, the University of Ottawa faculty union, for my views. I opened my remarks by emphasizing a key misconception often fueled by Access Copyright and its supporters. The question being faced by the universities is not whether to pay for copyright works. Universities, faculty and students currently spend millions of dollars every year on copyright materials and will continue to do so. The only question is whether – in addition to existing expenditures on books, licences, and in support of open access – they should also pay the $26 per student fee to Access Copyright. 

I believe the answer is no for the following six key reasons:

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May 24, 2012 10 comments News

UBC Will Not Sign the AUCC – Access Copyright Deal

UBC, one of Canada’s largest universities, has announced that it will not sign the Access Copyright model licence. The decision is particularly notable since UBC President Stephen Toope is also the chair of AUCC, which negotiated the model licence. UBC says it is “taking the bolder, more principled and sustainable […]

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May 16, 2012 6 comments News